Additionally, we support the inclusion of a 3% demand reduction target beginning in 2025. However, though the Council included a directive to Entergy to include a neighborhood-targeted pilot program, and also included some language around expanding access to income-qaulified ratepayers, we believe that these measures are not sufficient in a city that suffers from one of the highest energy burdens in the nation, while ranking 67th for energy efficiency policy, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
Therefore, we present the Council with five demands for energy efficiency programming in New Orleans:
The Louisiana Public Service Commission is considering a statewide energy efficiency rule that contains many of these elements, particularly the establishment of a working group. New Orleans risks losing energy efficiency contractors to other markets without a clear and robust energy efficiency program. We call on the Council to take the actions necessary to meet the overwhelming need in our city.